International

  • May 28, 2024

    Lithuania Seeks CJEU Ruling On Gaming Co.'s $1.1M Tax Bill

    Lithuanian tax authorities have asked the Court of Justice of the European Union whether the past economic justification for a video game company's structure allows it to avoid €1 million ($1.1 million) in tax payments, according to court documents.

  • May 28, 2024

    Mich. Doctor Denied Release From Contempt In FBAR Fight

    A Michigan doctor will stay jailed for civil contempt after a federal judge found Tuesday that he failed to back up claims that he cannot pay his more than $1 million in foreign bank account reporting penalties due to a bank's bankruptcy and his criminal history.

  • May 28, 2024

    Global Tax Body Provides Crypto Risk Assessment Red Flags

    The Internal Revenue Service and four international tax authorities issued an advisory to financial institutions on the dangers of cryptocurrency in relation to tax evasion, money laundering and other illicit activities, identifying certain risk factors worth their attention.

  • May 28, 2024

    Tax Lawyer Rejoins Mayer Brown In DC From Latham

    Mayer Brown LLP has rehired a tax partner from Latham & Watkins LLP, who joins the firm in Washington, D.C., to continue working with clients to best utilize renewable energy tax credits, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    OECD Issues Voluntary Disclosure Program Guidance

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued guidance for tax administrations that are considering implementing voluntary disclosure programs before adopting the group's automatic information exchange standards.

  • May 28, 2024

    Moldova Joins OECD Fight Against Tax Avoidance

    Moldova has joined the more than 140 jurisdictions looking to rein in tax base erosion and has committed to instituting changes in line with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's anti-tax avoidance standards, the organization said in a news release Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Touch IRS Bid For Tax Liability On Bookie

    A bookie who pled guilty to helping run an illegal sports gambling ring out of Peru can't escape his ensuing $100,000 tax liability under a Ninth Circuit ruling that declined to expunge his conviction after he argued the taxes are disproportionately punishing.

  • May 28, 2024

    EU Needs Boost From New Incomes, Say Macron, Scholz

    France and Germany want the European Union to find new revenue sources for the common EU budget, possibly from new taxes, to finance investments in joint projects, leaders of both countries said Tuesday. 

  • May 28, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Adds Tax Pro From MoFo In London

    Greenberg Traurig LLP added to its deep bench of legal talent by recruiting a tax partner from Morrison & Foerster to join the firm's London office and co-chair its tax practice, the firm said.

  • May 28, 2024

    Labour Party Rules Out Any Additional Tax Rises

    The Labour Party on Tuesday ruled out introducing any more tax rises in addition to measures it has already announced in the event it wins the July 4 general election.

  • May 28, 2024

    Lithuania Says Pillar 2 To Take Effect In July

    Lithuania's law implementing the global minimum corporate tax known as Pillar Two, which aims to ensure large multinationals pay at least 15% tax, is expected to take effect in July, the country's Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

  • May 27, 2024

    G7 Moves Toward Using Frozen Russian Assets For Ukraine

    Finance ministers from the Group of Seven countries made progress over the weekend on agreeing how to use profits from frozen and immobilized Russian state assets to support Ukraine's war against Russia, although European members had doubts about the arrangement.

  • May 27, 2024

    EU Flags 6 Countries For Failures On Transparency Law

    The European Commission flagged six countries for deficiencies in its implementation of an EU law requiring some companies to publish their tax data, the EU's executive said in a news release. 

  • May 27, 2024

    Fiji Joins International Framework Against Tax Avoidance

    Fiji joined an international group of jurisdictions aiming to stop tax avoidance, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday, adding that the country would participate in the two-pillar solution to change tax rules for large multinational companies.

  • May 24, 2024

    Court Upholds Limit To Award In Ecopetrol, Texas Co. Dispute

    An arbitration tribunal was within its authority to limit the number of years and the amount that a Houston-based oil company had to reimburse Colombia's state-owned entity, Ecopetrol, for the value-added tax liability of a subsidiary while owned by the company, a New York federal judge determined.

  • May 24, 2024

    CohnReznick Adds Tax Planning Partner From Mazars

    CohnReznick LLP added a top accountant and tax partner from Mazars USA LLP to its roster of tax professionals, the firm announced.

  • May 24, 2024

    Global Minimum Tax Should Be Tied To Inflation, Report Says

    The €750 million ($814 million) annual revenue threshold for businesses to be considered in scope of the OECD's global corporate minimum tax should be indexed to inflation to protect businesses from being wrongly forced to comply, a think tank report said.

  • May 24, 2024

    UK Calls On Belarus To Undo Suspension Of Tax Agreement

    The U.K. is demanding that Belarus reverse a council resolution that suspends provisions of the double-taxation agreement between the two countries starting June 1, according to a statement released by HM Revenue & Customs.

  • May 24, 2024

    IRS Corrects Notice On Bonus Energy Tax Credit Safe Harbors

    The Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a correction Friday to a notice providing additional safe harbors that clean energy project developers can use to qualify for bonus tax credits for domestically sourcing their steel and aluminum parts.

  • May 24, 2024

    €14M VAT Fraud Scheme In Belgium, Netherlands Busted

    Seven people were arrested in the Netherlands in connection to a value-added tax fraud scheme involving the Belgian subsidiary of a Dutch company fraudulently claiming a €13.7 million ($14.9 million) refund on trades of goods that never happened, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    EU Withholding Tax Deal Lacks Ambition, Investors Say

    A recently agreed-to streamlining of how cross-border withholding taxes are refunded in the European Union lacks ambition and may not do much to help smaller investors, investor advocates said.

  • May 24, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Davis Polk, Wachtell, Latham

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, SouthState Corp. buys Independent Bank Group Inc., CyberArk acquires Venafi, Carlyle clinches its fifth Japanese buyout fund, and AuditBoard Inc. agrees to be bought by Hg Capital.

  • May 24, 2024

    Cyprus, Portugal Aim For National Implementation Of Pillar 2

    Cyprus and Portugal both said Friday that they are moving toward putting the minimum tax known as Pillar Two into their national legislation, which EU law requires them to have done by the end of 2023.

  • May 23, 2024

    Premier League Team Goes Down 2-Nil In VAT Bill Appeal

    Premier League soccer team Nottingham Forest must pay its more than £345,000 ($438,000) value-added tax bill, the U.K.'s Upper Tribunal ruled in a decision published Thursday, dismissing an appeal of a lower court ruling that found HM Revenue & Customs filed its tax assessment on time.

  • May 23, 2024

    Italy Adopts Safe Harbor Global Minimum Tax Rules

    Italy has added a temporary safe harbor provision to its implementation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global minimum tax to ease the transition for in-scope companies, the country's finance ministry said.

Expert Analysis

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • A Year-End Look At Florida's Capital Investment Tax Credit

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    Notwithstanding the Walt Disney Co.’s feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis this year, Florida's capital investment tax credit will continue to make the state a favored destination for large corporations, particularly in light of the new federal alternative minimum tax and the Pillar Two top-up tax, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

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